Sonnet XV and Sonnet by YOU!

  • Finish up the quizzes on No Red Ink
  • Go over Sonnet XV analysis
  • Write your own Sonnet: Follow 7 easy steps:

Write a Sonnet in Seven Steps

  1. Choose a Theme or Problem. Sonnets usually explore universal elements of human life to which many people can relate (love, maturity, words of wisdom, humour, irony, frustration)
  2. Pick a Type of Sonnet- Shakespearean
  3. Write in Iambic Pentameter-or at least try to
  4. Organize Stanzas- 3 x quatrain + 1 couplet
  5. Follow a Rhyme Scheme-ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
  6. Incorporate a Volta- or another way of saying this, TONE SWITCH, when it is coming to the end, your tone should chang
  7. Use Poetic Devices-sound, comparison, word play-refer to Poetry Terminology if you forget (please don’t we’ve spent a lot of time on this)